PDXSW Latino Mentor Profile: David Barcos


David Barcos is a 20-year veteran of the advertising, design and branding world. He recently started his own creative branding agency called The Startup Brand, committed to new founders and budding entrepreneurs. He partners with startup founders and helps them build deeply ingrained brand strategies and vibrant brands. He is also the local organizer of One Million Cups, a free, weekly program dedicated to one question: Could we change the face of our startup community by connecting local entrepreneurs over a million cups of coffee?

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Read his words of wisdom below:


Q. What are you passionate about?
A. I love empowering people to create.

Q. If you could give advice to your 10-year-old self today, what would you say?
A. Trust yourself and be bold. The world won’t stop you as many times as you will stop yourself.

Q. What’s the best advice you ever received?
A. Do things before you think you are ready.

Q. What is your personal mission statement?
A. Try to live a life you would be inspired to read in a book.


Q. What compelled you to participate in Startup Weekend Latino as a mentor?
A. I love the energy of the weekend and want contribute from my experience in marketing.

Q. What excites you most about participating in this event?
A. Helping the teams focus their idea to help them realize it as a potential business.

Q. What advice would you give to participants of Latino Startup Week?
A. Use the strengths of your team and validate, validate, validate.


Q. What is your opinion of the current state of diversity in the entrepreneurial community?
A. I support any entrepreneur working to build a business. I also believe all opportunities should be equal and we need to work within all communities to inspire people.

Q. What would you do to ensure increased diversity?
A. I believe in a regional grassroots approach to inspire entrepreneurs in diverse communities, to support their local communities and to help them scale.

Q. What advice would you give someone interested in becoming an entrepreneur?
A. Buckle up! Have confidence, Find Support.
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